The Third day of Christmas

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Out of the snow and drama

0630

You would not believe how well we slept last night, I’m surprised myself. The Jeep didn’t run out of gas and we stayed warm. Drove across the street to the gas station, gassed up and grabbed breakfast. The station if fuller than it was last night but the brave are getting on the on ramp. After talking to a few people and wishing them Merry Christmas everyone is still in good spirits laughing and smiling. When the sun breaks we jump onto the highway doing a blistering 15mph on the ice. Still slipping more than I like we get off on the next exit and wait for more sun. On the exit is a sweet slick sheet of ice next to where we park so we get out and go “ice skating” with our shoes. Run and sllliiiidddeee! After wards we had a snow ball fight that I thought I had won until it came time to shake the snow off of me. Devin 1 me 0. The truckers and other familys just watched us play in the snow, good thing cause I had something for them if they would have gotten out of their cars, LOL.

We jump back on the road after an hour and brave the ice, it was dicey but we come out of the drama in Abilene. Here the roads clear up and we are moving! As we head into west Texas I would defy anyone in the world to find more windmills anywhere. There are wind farms in  all directions as far as the eye can see this lasts for 60 miles. The landscape starts to give way to rolling plains and flat roads, coming over the top of one hill you can see for 10 miles down the road, the speed limit shoots to 80mph and we are blazing a path into oil country. At first the oil pumps are sparse but further we travel the more we see. The beauty of this desolate road is amazing, its hard to imagine that someone owns the land we are passing as there are no houses in sight and we can see for miles. As we come upon Odessa its like a mirage, we have been traveling for a good 2 hours no major cities or towns and then we see skyscrapers in the distance. This has to be where the oil industry is headquartered, because there is no good reason on earth for anyone to live out here. It seems so isolated and yet people are here and after stopping at to get gas it seems they are just as happy if not happier than people in a big city.  Maria and Juan are eating lunch next to us and they are headed to San Antonio to visit relatives for Christmas. They are about 40ish with no kids and are just heading out, after some conversation they wish us a safe trip and we wish them the same and a Merry Christmas. Back to the road.

Now on I-20 you will see a few ghost towns that for some reason have a few residents still there and some with no one there anymore. Devin asks me how do they survive out there so far away from home, how do they make money. I don’t know the answer to that but I tell him that is an excellent question. Its that question that tells me he’s thinking and really curious about what’s going on. Cool.

As we turn onto I-10 towards El Paso the rock formations are becoming amazing, some have structures on top of them made out of stone and probably clay. Obviously these were used for something once upon a time but no telling how long ago. The closer we get to El Paso we can see Mexico to our left as if it were just across the street. This part of the highway straddles the border and you can see farms and houses in the Rio Grande river valley. Devin finds this particularly exciting. Getting into El Paso we go to the airport to exchange rental cars as the Jeep started to develop a crack in the windshield.

Christmas morning outside hotel "Jeep". Not a bad sleep in the SUV
We stop and change to an Escape which is a little smaller but should get better gas mileage. After the change over Devin is begging for Taco Cabana now that were back in the south west but they are all closed for Christmas, so we have to settle for a gas station dinner. We drive on to Las Cruses New Mexico and grab a room at the days inn. Its good to jump in the shower have a beer and sink into the clean soft pillows, very nice room and a very memorable Christmas for both of us.

 


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Out of the snow and drama
Out of the snow and drama
West Texas wind farm
West Texas wind farm
Christmas morning outside hotel J…
Christmas morning outside hotel "…
Chip in the windshield
Chip in the windshield
No more snow about an hour outside…
No more snow about an hour outsid…
West Texas
West Texas
West Texas
West Texas
Traffic still backed up on the oth…
Traffic still backed up on the ot…
Devin chilling out on Christmas da…
Devin chilling out on Christmas d…
Megan we spent an hour and a half …
Megan we spent an hour and a half…
Clearing roads for us, not so much…
Clearing roads for us, not so muc…
Clear roads finally!
Clear roads finally!
West Texas wind farms
West Texas wind farms
Christmas morning stuck on an exit…
Christmas morning stuck on an exi…
West Texas wind farms
West Texas wind farms
Navigating out of the mess
Navigating out of the mess
Devin on Christmas day
Devin on Christmas day
Cracked windshield
Cracked windshield
Parking for a break
Parking for a break
West Texas
West Texas
A small housing structure on a hil…
A small housing structure on a hi…
West Texas
West Texas
Clear roads!
Clear roads!
The ice covered road is clearing
The ice covered road is clearing
Windmills of west TX
Windmills of west TX
Ice Ice baby
Ice Ice baby
Cisco
photo by: MDandbeyond